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Nicole Lytle

Associate Professor, Social Work and Child Advocacy

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Nicole Lytle, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Child Advocacy. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Toledo. Dr. Lytle teaches courses on forensic interviewing of children, developmental psychology, and forensic psychology. Her research is broadly organized around the importance of research on child development for guiding policy and practice concerning investigations of child maltreatment. More recently, she has expanded her research focus to include adult witnesses and victims of sexual assault. Her work on forensic interviewing is supported by the National Science Foundation with her most recent grant to develop guidelines for interviewing adult witnesses in cases of child maltreatment. In addition to conducting studies to evaluate interviewing techniques, Dr. Lytle frequently consults with law enforcement and child protection professionals to help translate research findings into public policy and to evaluate the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

Research Projects

National Children's Alliance, Emergency Tele-Forensic Interview Guidelines

National Children’s Alliance (NCA), Montclair State University, and Central Michigan University partnered with an emergency working group of leading experts in the field of forensic interviewing, including researchers, developers of forensic interviewing protocols, master trainers in forensic interviews, and representatives from the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations. This working group provided the following guidance to CACs on when, whether, and how to provide tele-FI for children as a safe alternative in emergency situations.

NJ Online Mandated Reporter Training

This training provides a short but comprehensive overview on what mandated reporting is, what behaviors or physical symptoms may constitute abuse and neglect, how to report reasonable suspicions to authorities, and what to expect when reporting suspicion of maltreatment to NJ's Child Abuse Hotline.

If you need to report a suspicion of abuse or neglect, call the Child Abuse Hotline, toll free, at 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873; TTY/TDD 1-800-835-5510). If you believe a child is in immediate danger or needs immediate assistance, call 911.

The Talking Lab

Studying How Children Talk About What They Remember